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Classical Economics Reconsidered

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This reconsideration of the macroeconomics, microeconomics, methodology, and social philosophy of the classical economists has been a small gem on the history of economic thought, written in a way accessible to students, while having much to teach scholars. The reissuance of this book twenty years after its original publication is a tribute to the enduring relevance of the ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 21st 1977 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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Jan 25, 2011 John rated it liked it
I would not recommend this for anyone who does not already have a basic understanding of Economics, and even then, only if you are really interested in economics... A great one to read, also by Thomas Sowell, is Basic Economics. Read that one. This one, well, it's pretty dry but does have a lot of information about what classical economists (Adam Smith, John Mill) really thought, and it is a little different than the stereotypes we use today to easily identify them.
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Sep 28, 2014 Otto Lehto rated it liked it
This is a refreshing read, because it lacks the fierce right-wing attitude that Sowell has become associated with. Probably because it's not really intended for the general audience. It's a dispassionate look at some of the deepest methodological, economic and philosophical questions surrounding classical economics. It's also a good showcase of Sowell's erudition and scholarship.

It assumes that the reader is aware of about 300 years of economic history. It uses phrases and terminology that is ve
Apr 24, 2016 Bigheadwalt rated it really liked it
Four essays covering essential topics in Economics written in such a way that a lay person can understand.
Written at an advanced level, don't get me wrong, but it's accessible.
Feb 21, 2009 Brandon rated it it was ok
I didn't understand a lot of this book.
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Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social commentator, and author of dozens of books. He often writes from an economically laissez-faire perspective. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 1990, he won the Francis Boyer Award, presented by the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for prolific scholars ...more
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